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Check Six: F-86 Conversion School – 65 years ago

July 10, 2019

Hawaii Air National Guard Photograph | click to enlarge 

The 199th Fighter Squadron joined the jet age in 1954 when it finally retired its aging Thunderbolts for F-86E Sabre day fighters that were made available after serving in combat over the skies of Korea. The squadron stood runway alert as part of the air defense forces in Hawaii beginning in 1954, having alert pilots in the cockpit from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset each day.

This undated photograph shows aircrew attending a ground school class on the F-86 fuel system.

Beginning in 1958, the squadron received F-86L Sabre Interceptors which could be controlled by Ground Control Interceptor station radar and could operate 24/7/365 in all weather conditions. (Wikipedia)


Can anyone identify the two pilots in the photograph?

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